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Oxford United defender Newey says: It's down to us

Oxford Mail: Tom Newey Tom Newey

TOM Newey has urged everyone to reserve judgement on Oxford United until the end of the season as they attempt to get back on track at Plymouth Argyle tomorrow.

It is the first time this season they will go into a game outside the top seven in Sky Bet League Two.

United have fallen out of the play-off places after picking up just five points from their last ten games and urgently need to stop the rot against a Plymouth side just one point behind and with promotion ambitions of their own.

The poor run has led to plenty of criticism, both from the terraces and the media, but Newey insists with their target still within reach, this is not the time for assessment.

The full back said: “The end of the season is the be-all and end-all.

“If we attain our objective, it doesn’t matter how we got there. If we don’t, then criticism will come and we’ll have to take it.

“But we’re confident we can still do enough to get over the line.”

United’s head coach Gary Waddock called for his side to be tougher mentally in the wake of last Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at home to Fleetwood Town.

Newey, who returned against the Cod Army after serving a three-game suspension, feels the squad should have no complaints about dropping out of the play-off positions and knows they are the only ones who can halt the slide.

The left back said: “Confidence is low – we’ve been under-performing for the last couple of months, but we’re all professionals, we get paid to do a job and we’re all grown men.

“We have to have big enough shoulders to take criticism when it comes.

“We have enough experience in the dressing room and we should be dealing with it better.

“No-one shies away from the fact that it’s up to us as players to put it right.”

United’s fate is still very much in their own hands and after facing Plymouth, in ninth, they host York City, who have leapfrogged them into the top seven.

Newey added: “I can’t see York and Plymouth getting maximum points.

“We haven’t won in a while, so if we can put a little run of three or four wins together, that will be enough.

“It’s a matter of doing it, words are easy to say and I’d rather do the talking on the pitch.”

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10:59am Fri 11 Apr 14

mervgould says...

Talk Talk Talk is all very well, it does not change anything, the actions of the chairman shows what he thinks, a long delay in appointing a manager and then his choice a much cheaper and less demanding option.

If the mind set does not change then we will become a regular Conference set up and we can all remember what that is like.

The players should remember where the money comes from for the financially comfortable life style they have. US, So don't turn on us look at yourselves.
Talk Talk Talk is all very well, it does not change anything, the actions of the chairman shows what he thinks, a long delay in appointing a manager and then his choice a much cheaper and less demanding option. If the mind set does not change then we will become a regular Conference set up and we can all remember what that is like. The players should remember where the money comes from for the financially comfortable life style they have. US, So don't turn on us look at yourselves. mervgould
  • Score: 8

12:01pm Fri 11 Apr 14

oxcidental says...

Totally agree...I am sick of reading player after player day after day telling us what they are going to do BLAH BLAH ..The Oxford Mail should refuse to print this nonsense.......ALL PLAYERS just PERFORM or leave this summer....
Totally agree...I am sick of reading player after player day after day telling us what they are going to do BLAH BLAH ..The Oxford Mail should refuse to print this nonsense.......ALL PLAYERS just PERFORM or leave this summer.... oxcidental
  • Score: 9

12:15pm Fri 11 Apr 14

MiddleBartonYellow says...

mervgould wrote:
Talk Talk Talk is all very well, it does not change anything, the actions of the chairman shows what he thinks, a long delay in appointing a manager and then his choice a much cheaper and less demanding option.

If the mind set does not change then we will become a regular Conference set up and we can all remember what that is like.

The players should remember where the money comes from for the financially comfortable life style they have. US, So don't turn on us look at yourselves.
You actually know that Waddock is cheaper do you. The fact that he was in work would more likely suggest that he isn't.
[quote][p][bold]mervgould[/bold] wrote: Talk Talk Talk is all very well, it does not change anything, the actions of the chairman shows what he thinks, a long delay in appointing a manager and then his choice a much cheaper and less demanding option. If the mind set does not change then we will become a regular Conference set up and we can all remember what that is like. The players should remember where the money comes from for the financially comfortable life style they have. US, So don't turn on us look at yourselves.[/p][/quote]You actually know that Waddock is cheaper do you. The fact that he was in work would more likely suggest that he isn't. MiddleBartonYellow
  • Score: -4

12:24pm Fri 11 Apr 14

baldynoseaside says...

No, I don't suppose we do KNOW that he is cheaper. But the fact that he is a total unknown, has overseen the greatest collapse since England crikcet in Australia and tellingly MK Dons gladly released him from his contract without any sort of compensation surely tells you something.

It is a very sad situation....I think that (whatever the players say) they realise that the club is not really interested in promotion and they have given up..

WADDOCK OUT
No, I don't suppose we do KNOW that he is cheaper. But the fact that he is a total unknown, has overseen the greatest collapse since England crikcet in Australia and tellingly MK Dons gladly released him from his contract without any sort of compensation surely tells you something. It is a very sad situation....I think that (whatever the players say) they realise that the club is not really interested in promotion and they have given up.. WADDOCK OUT baldynoseaside
  • Score: -8

2:24pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Brenda Jackson says...

This 'Bigging up' the match has become a regular 'feature' -and is getting almost as monotonous as watching the hapless bunch parading as Professional footballers.
Do your talking ON-THE-PITCH - If you're capable. We know some players are out of contract, but do you think you're doing your reputations or chances of getting another Club any good by not turning up?
What happened to playing for your pride, your Profession, and last but not least, the supporters who pay your wages???
This 'Bigging up' the match has become a regular 'feature' -and is getting almost as monotonous as watching the hapless bunch parading as Professional footballers. Do your talking ON-THE-PITCH - If you're capable. We know some players are out of contract, but do you think you're doing your reputations or chances of getting another Club any good by not turning up? What happened to playing for your pride, your Profession, and last but not least, the supporters who pay your wages??? Brenda Jackson
  • Score: 9

3:25pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Oxokuba says...

The club should a run a cliché competition amongst the players and management - lot of contenders for cheesiest entry. 'we've been underperfoming for last couple of months' said Newey as if the fans having to watch such shambolic performances were not aware of this! I now know why a constipated Sherlock got that famous quote when the bleeding obvious was stated.
The club should a run a cliché competition amongst the players and management - lot of contenders for cheesiest entry. 'we've been underperfoming for last couple of months' said Newey as if the fans having to watch such shambolic performances were not aware of this! I now know why a constipated Sherlock got that famous quote when the bleeding obvious was stated. Oxokuba
  • Score: 6

4:29pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Bumble08 says...

This is not a dig at any Oxford United fan as I know passion is what this great club has always been built on, this is why us as fans want to see some on a pitch and why we get so frustrated when its just not there. Blaming Waddock isn't the thing to do though, he has taken over a club that has only won 2 of there last 13 games. Yes he has been in charge for 3 of those and we haven't even scored a goal but it lie's deeper than the last 3 games. I am starting to question if the players are actually good enough. it's up to them now to show the passion that we show and prove to us that they do care about our future and theirs. Clarke, Wright, Whing and Beanno, that's the core of the side with some passion now lets have it from the rest. Worse case at least give us a goal to cheer!!! Yellllllooooowwwwss!
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This is not a dig at any Oxford United fan as I know passion is what this great club has always been built on, this is why us as fans want to see some on a pitch and why we get so frustrated when its just not there. Blaming Waddock isn't the thing to do though, he has taken over a club that has only won 2 of there last 13 games. Yes he has been in charge for 3 of those and we haven't even scored a goal but it lie's deeper than the last 3 games. I am starting to question if the players are actually good enough. it's up to them now to show the passion that we show and prove to us that they do care about our future and theirs. Clarke, Wright, Whing and Beanno, that's the core of the side with some passion now lets have it from the rest. Worse case at least give us a goal to cheer!!! Yellllllooooowwwwss! ! Bumble08
  • Score: 5

6:10pm Fri 11 Apr 14

MiddleBartonYellow says...

baldynoseaside wrote:
No, I don't suppose we do KNOW that he is cheaper. But the fact that he is a total unknown, has overseen the greatest collapse since England crikcet in Australia and tellingly MK Dons gladly released him from his contract without any sort of compensation surely tells you something.

It is a very sad situation....I think that (whatever the players say) they realise that the club is not really interested in promotion and they have given up..

WADDOCK OUT
What rubbish. He is not an unknown is he as he has achieved 2 promotions already. Judge him next season and not after 3 games.
[quote][p][bold]baldynoseaside[/bold] wrote: No, I don't suppose we do KNOW that he is cheaper. But the fact that he is a total unknown, has overseen the greatest collapse since England crikcet in Australia and tellingly MK Dons gladly released him from his contract without any sort of compensation surely tells you something. It is a very sad situation....I think that (whatever the players say) they realise that the club is not really interested in promotion and they have given up.. WADDOCK OUT[/p][/quote]What rubbish. He is not an unknown is he as he has achieved 2 promotions already. Judge him next season and not after 3 games. MiddleBartonYellow
  • Score: 4

10:28am Wed 16 Apr 14

Sid Snakey says...

oxcidental wrote:
Totally agree...I am sick of reading player after player day after day telling us what they are going to do BLAH BLAH ..The Oxford Mail should refuse to print this nonsense.......ALL PLAYERS just PERFORM or leave this summer....
I think you don't quite understand how this works.

It is not the player who telephones the Oxford Mail and asks if he can make some meaningless statement about wanting to do well in the next game.

These boring articles are written by the Oxford Mail, after contacting and then interviewing a player. If you don't like the article, I suggest you complain to the paper (which you probably don't pay for anyway) rather than moan at the player.

And if you bothered to read the article until the final sentence, Newey says "It’s a matter of doing it, words are easy to say and I’d rather do the talking on the pitch.” which the players then went on to do with a terrific performance and result.
[quote][p][bold]oxcidental[/bold] wrote: Totally agree...I am sick of reading player after player day after day telling us what they are going to do BLAH BLAH ..The Oxford Mail should refuse to print this nonsense.......ALL PLAYERS just PERFORM or leave this summer....[/p][/quote]I think you don't quite understand how this works. It is not the player who telephones the Oxford Mail and asks if he can make some meaningless statement about wanting to do well in the next game. These boring articles are written by the Oxford Mail, after contacting and then interviewing a player. If you don't like the article, I suggest you complain to the paper (which you probably don't pay for anyway) rather than moan at the player. And if you bothered to read the article until the final sentence, Newey says "It’s a matter of doing it, words are easy to say and I’d rather do the talking on the pitch.” which the players then went on to do with a terrific performance and result. Sid Snakey
  • Score: 0

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